Programme adaptations for international students

International students will follow the master’s programme with some adaptations:


Maximally 15 ECs are reserved for so called homologation courses (bridging courses) to bridge possible gaps in your prior knowledge. For Dutch students, these courses are part of the bachelor’s programme.


For international students the internship (traineeship) in a company may be replaced by an individual research project (10EC) in one of the research groups of the department. This may be done in case the student already has some working experience, but lacks experience in carrying out research projects. In this case the student also will follow a course in academic skills.

This leads to the following generic setup for International students:





(max) 15

Homologation courses


Compulsory specialization courses

5 or 10

Philosophical and Societal courses

(min) 15




201400279 Academic Research Skills

or: Internship (20EC)


Individual Research Project


One elective


Master’s thesis project

Homologation courses

Homologation courses (bridging courses) are advanced bachelor courses that you will have to follow if they contain essential knowledge for your master’s programme. Formally they are part of the master’s programme and as such they are included in the 120 EC study load of the programme. The courses depend on the chosen specialization and they have been selected by the Admission Committee together with the programme mentor.

Academic Research Skills

During this course you will learn how to prepare systematic research on an academic level. Some elements of the course are:


writing a problem definition,


literature search,


planning your research and writing a work plan,


oral and written communication skills.

This course may be taken during the first year.

The individual project

The individual project is a small project that must be completed before you can start with the master’s thesis assignment. The goal of the project is to become acquainted with independent research, finding your own way through the project, and formulating the details of the research questions. During the project attention is given to the following aspects:


Describing the assignment, the problem(s) and the framework of the project


Looking for theoretical support for solutions, opinions and statements.


Motivating choices, while solving a problem


Distinguishing main and side issues


Planning your work


Reporting orally and in written form about your work.

For your individual project, you can choose a chair which participates in the Electrical Engineering program. You should discuss this choice with your programme mentor. All chairs will have a list of available projects, to choose from.